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Parents’ Forum –29th September 2017

 

Present:

Mrs Weeks (Maple/Oak/Willow)

Mrs Richardson

Mrs Mackie (Beech/Ash)

Mrs Bray (Willow)

Mrs Proctor (Beech)

Mrs Hogg (Pine)

Mrs Davies (Pine)

Mr Barnard

Apologies Mrs Marshall

 

 

  • Parents had liked the Stone Age workshop, “Toots” in Beech and ukulele in Ash. Several parents sent messages to say that their children had settled really well into their new classes.
  • There was a discussion about school meals – Forum members discussed the possibility of having starter/main course on some days instead of main course/dessert. A questionnaire would be sent out to survey parents’ opinions
  • The Tour of Britain had been very successful and parents had appreciated being able to take their child to watch
  • The Tesco school uniform site was causing some problems as items were often out of stock. School would make a complaint on parents’ behalf
  • Some of Pine parents would like to know more about the class reward systems, and awards in special assembly. There was some information on the FAQ which went out early in September (on the school website and notice board), but school would make sure an additional information sheet went out to parents in Pine, and also look at the reading diaries
  • Some of the children were coming home grubby – school would look at the play equipment
  • There was a query over the Viking day – this was for Willow class only
  • The Forum discussed children’s use of phones/tablets etc, and asked that the CEOP website be flagged up to parents in the next newsletter
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Our very grateful thanks to the parents who attend the Forum, and to those parents who have fed back to their class reps.

 

 

Date of next meeting Friday 1st December 2017 at 9.00

Parents’ Forum –7th July 2017

 

Present:

Mrs Weeks (Maple/Ash/Pine)

Mrs Marshall (Pine/Beech)

Mrs Richardson

Mrs Bray (Maple)

Mrs Proctor (Oak)

Mrs Brown (Elm)

Mr Barnard

 

 

  • Parents sent positive comments about the school lunch menu
  • A request was made for a bench in the KS1 playground which grandparents in particular could use while waiting for their children – a bench is on order!
  • The multi-skills club had been received well, as had the zoo buddy trip
  • There was a question about the pre-school unit on the school site: a note about this was going in the next newsletter
  • A parent had asked about giving out party invitations – the Forum discussed this and could not come up with another solution
  • There was a question about reading diaries – school would look into this
  • 100% attendance awards – a parent had said they did not like these. The Forum agreed that most families did like receiving these
  • Charities – the school would identify a couple of charities for next year, and let parents know. The Forum suggested that if school did not do a major charity day (eg Sport Relief), parents be notified that a collection box was at the office if they wanted to donate
  • The forthcoming tour of Britain cycle race was discussed and it was agreed that an optional holiday poster task be set home, the younger children would swirl parachutes on the school field and older children go and watch. Parents would be welcome to take their own children to watch the race on Wednesday 6th July

 

Our very grateful thanks to the parents who attend the Forum, and to those parents who have fed back to their class reps.

 

Date of next meeting Friday 29th September 2017

Parents’ Forum –31st March 2017

 

Present:

Mrs Weeks (Maple/Ash/Pine)

Mrs Marshall (Pine/Beech)

Mrs Richardson

Mrs Bray (Maple)

Mrs Mackie (Oak/Beech)

Mrs Proctor (Oak)

Mrs Brown (Elm)

Mr Barnard

 

 

  • Parents sent positive comments about all the visits and opportunities children are given, including swimming, “Pets at home” visit for Elm, paint a T shirt for World Book day, “Adopt a pet” in Y3, Y2’s “Fire of London” performance and table points in Pine
  • New single choice lunch menu had been well received
  • Reps would like to set up class social media groups so parents can send comments/suggestions
  • There was a question about whether the school had a lock-down plan – the school has an emergency plan which is practised
  • A parent requested that a list of the year’s topics were displayed on elm noticeboard
  • There was a question about reading in Elm – staff would look into the query
  • The Forum sent out a plea to all parents to see if any could help with swimming
  • There was a comment that sometimes at the end of school, if teachers were talking to parents, children were not as well supervised
  • The forum spent some time discussing parents who chose not to pay for school visits, and whether those children should be allowed to go on the visit
  • More notice please for school visits, which might help parents who chose not to pay

 

 

Our very grateful thanks to the parents who attend the Forum, and to those parents who have fed back to their class reps.

 

Date of next meeting Friday 7th July 2017

Parents’ Forum –27th January 2017

 

Present: 

             Mrs Weeks (Maple/Ash/Pine)

Mrs Marshall (Pine/Beech)

Mrs Richardson

Mrs Bray (Maple)

Mrs Mackie (Oak/Beech)

Mrs Proctor (Oak)

Mrs Brown (Elm)

Mr Barnard

 

 

  • Parents and children had really enjoyed the “Young Voices” concert. There was a question as to why parents had not been asked to buy T-shirts – school had felt that these were expensive at £15 each, and did not want to pressurise parents in thinking they had to buy them. A request was made that the children have torches next time.
  • A full discussion took place over the recent test results which had been sent home before Christmas. The staff took on board all the suggestions and concerns, and would look to do this differently in the future as a result.
  • Parents had liked many of the recent activities going on: Y3/4 athletics, Y4/5/6 cinema visit, Panthers visit, reading challenge, Read with Ted, pottery club, Rock Star times tables, staff going out onto the KS1 playground after school on Fridays, staff being accommodating on medicines, and the fact that the breakfast club ran in spite of staff illness
  • There was a discussion on learning logs – if parents felt they wanted extra work to support at home, please do ask the class teacher
  • A parent had asked about special assembly and being invited in if their child was awarded a trophy. It was explained that the decision on whom the trophy was awarded to was made on a Friday (as staff wanted to be sure that a child had worked well all week), which was very short notice for parents
  • Parents had mixed views on the Christmas nativity performance – some liked it, and others didn’t.
  • Parents who had come into school to have a school lunch had given positive feedback. School explained that if a parent couldn’t get a place, they were offered the choice of days first for the next sessions, before it was advertised on a newsletter
  • A parent had suggested an outdoor library – there is already one on the KS2 playground, stocked with a mixture of books and magazines, but this is something that the school could look to do on the KS1 playground
  • Parents requested that the “show and tell” list be put up on the Elm class notice board
  • Elm children sometimes got paint or felt-tip on their jumpers – school would keep an eye and remind them to be careful.

 

 

 

Our very grateful thanks to the parents who attend the Forum, and to those parents who have fed back to their class reps.

 

Date of next meeting Friday 31st March 2017

 

 

 

Parents’ Forum –9th December 2016

 

Present:

Mrs Weeks (Maple/Ash/Pine)

Mrs Marshall (Pine/Beech)

Mrs Richardson

Mrs Bray (Maple)

Mrs Mackie (Oak/Beech)

Mr Barnard

 

 

  • There was a question about the recent checking that children were eating their sandwiches: this was because staff had noticed children leaving much of their lunch, and only eating sugary food.
  • Parent forum was asked about the new initiative of “Mrs Richardson’s top table” – parents were very positive about this.
  • They were also asked about the recent test results sent to parents, and asked to tell any parents who were concerned to come and chat to their child’s teacher
  • There was a request for a wider gate into the playground – school were aware of this
  • There was a query over photos taken at school events: school policy is not to put on the school website photos which show a child’s face clearly, to protect them online. School would try to put on slideshows of photos at parent events, so parents could see them
  • There was a discussion over school meals. Forum parents enjoyed the current flexibility of being able to order a school meal on the day, but there are some parents routinely complaining about school meals. It was agreed to look into an online, pre-order system
  • Parents asked for clarification on residential visits – Y6 children would go on a residential

 

Our very grateful thanks to the parents who attend the Forum, and to those parents who have fed back to their class reps.

 

 

 

 

Parents’ Forum –14th September 2016    

 

Present:          

                        Mrs Weeks (Maple/Ash/Pine)

       Mrs Blundy (Willow)

       Mrs Marshall (Pine/Beech)

       Mrs Richardson

       Mrs Bray (Maple)

       Mrs Mackie (Oak/Beech)

       Mr Barnard

Apologies        Mrs Proctor (Oak)

 

 

  • Forum members would see if any Elm parents were interested in joining the group
  • The Forum looked at the proposed winter school lunch menu and made some amendments
  • There was a request that football club run on match days – school would look at getting cover to do this
  • A parent had raised that with different clubs running on the same night, sometimes children had to choose which club to do. As there are only 4 nights when clubs can run, this is difficult to avoid. School staff requested that parents let them know if children were not attending the club, as it took up a considerable amount of time each evening phoning parents to see where their child was. There was also a concern that children did not commit to the club, so it was not always possible to select a team for a competition
  • A parent had requested a school facebook page as they did not always look at texts or newsletters. The Forum agreed that the school already sent frequent reminder texts (about 20,000 a year!), newsletters and kept the website up to date, and that a facebook page was not necessarily accessible to all parents
  • A number of parents had been unhappy about the late notification of delayed trains on the Y5/6 Houses of Parliament visit. Staff explained that the texting service was web-based, and there had been problems with the wi-fi on the train, which meant that the texts took a long time to send. It was agreed that the initial letter for London trips would suggest that parents looked on the train website at live arrivals, so that they could keep themselves informed.
  • Parents are parking badly near William Bailey House – a note would go on the next newsletter
  • There was very good feedback from the “Lion King” performance
  • “Meet and greet” for teachers was suggested – that KS2 teachers in particular introduced themselves to parents on the playground
  • Parents liked the Sherwood Forest visit, Robin Hood day and the McMillan coffee afternoon
  • There was a question about 11+ tuition as part of the school curriculum  – as a Nottinghamshire school, we are not allowed to do this
  • There was a concern raised that parents had taken to social media about incidents in school, rather than coming into to talk to school staff. A note regarding this would go on the next newsletter
  • A “shoe pile” for charity was suggested for the end of the year in July – Forum members would try to find out from parents if this was something they would take part in

 

 

 

Our very grateful thanks to the parents who attend the Forum, and to those parents who have fed back to their class reps.

 

Date of next meeting Friday 9th December 2016 @ 9 am

 

 

Parents’ Forum –8th July 2016    

 

Present:          

                        Mrs Weeks (Beech/Ash/Elm)

Mrs Blundy (Maple/Willow)

Mrs Marshall (Elm/Oak)

Mrs Richardson

Mrs Proctor (Pine)

Mrs Bray (Ash)

Mrs Melfi (Willow)

Mrs Mackie (Pine/Oak)

Mr Barnard

                       

                         

 

  • Parents had sent comments that they liked:

School visits

Girls being involved in cricket matches

Breakfast club

Being invited for lunch

“Lion King”

Texting system

Beech class mini-concert

Halle visit

Reading bench

Oak class butterfly day

Class transition days

  • A discussion took place over allocating tickets for school concerts, and the Forum came up with a suggestion for the Christmas performance.
  • Sports day – mixed feedback. A large majority of Forum parents had liked the sports day format, but they were aware that some parents didn’t. School would canvas the opinion of the children.
  • Remind new parents in September that they can link their phone calendars to the school calendar.
  • A discussion took place about parking – Mrs Mackie would approach the local PSCOs to see if they ran the same schemes as Lincolnshire.

 

 

 

Our very grateful thanks to the parents who attend the Forum, and to those parents who have fed back to their class reps.

 

Date of next meeting Friday 14th October 2016 @ 9 am

Parents’ Forum –6th May 2016    

 

Present:          

                        Mrs Weeks (Beech/Ash/Elm)

Mrs Blundy (Maple/Willow)

Mrs Marshall (Elm/Oak)

Mrs Richardson

Mrs Proctor (Pine)

Mrs Bray (Ash)

Mrs Melfi (Willow)

Mrs Mackie (Pine/Oak)

Mr Barnard

                       

                         

 

  • Parents had liked the concert yesterday.
  • There was a query on choir for Y4 – Y6: it is part of the music curriculum.
  • Letters would be going out shortly for next year’s Y6 residential visit.
  • A discussion took place over school meals – one parent had sent a comment regarding portion size, another a comment that she was happy with the meals. School would arrange dates when parents would be able to come in and try a meal with the children (parents would need to book, as there is only limited space in the hall).
  • A parent requested that we remind children to drink in the hot weather, and to wash their hands. All classrooms have thermometers and fans.
  • The topics covered in each class are on the school website – staff would look at the logistics of putting learning log homework on the web.

 

Our very grateful thanks to the parents who attend the Forum, and to those parents who have fed back to their class reps.

 

Date of next meeting Friday 8th July 2016 @ 9 am

Parents’ Forum –14th March 2016    

 

Present:          

               Mrs Weeks (Beech/Ash/Elm)

Mrs Blundy (Maple/Willow)

Mrs Marshall (Elm/Oak)

Mrs Richardson                      

                         

 

Apologies       

                     Mrs Bray

                        Mrs Proctor

                        Mrs Melfi

 

 

  • It would be helpful if both the class name and year group were on the website calendar, and whether the event was in school time or not.
  • Parents had found the swimming reminder texts useful.
  • There was a question on violin lessons – flute, piano, vocal, guitar and drumming  lessons are already offered, so school would need to know there was enough interest before approaching a teacher.
  • A parent had requested we do something for Children in Need – the forum suggested a coffee afternoon and class drop-in (similar to the MacMillan event).
  • Parents sent positive comments about the theatre production, film night, swimming and parents’ evening.
  • Parking was raised as an issue – the same parents were parking on the yellow zigzags. A note would go in the next newsletter, and school would contact the Notts CCTV patrol car.
  • A parent requested that World Book Day be celebrated next year – the Forum wondered if the school could offer an alternative to simply dressing up. The Forum felt that the children had learned a lot through the Waste Week activities.
  • It was rather congested by the Y2 lockers in the morning – school would have a look to see if they could reduce this.
  • A question arose on school meals – parents are welcomed into school to try a meal, or just see what the meals are like.

 

Our very grateful thanks to the parents who attend the Forum, and to those parents who have fed back to their class reps.

 

Date of next meeting Friday 6th May 2016 @ 9 am

Parents’ Forum –26th January 2016    

 

Present:          

               Mrs Weeks (Beech/Ash)

Mrs Bray (Ash)

Mrs Melfi (Willow)

Mrs Richardson                      

               Mr Barnard

 

Apologies        none received

 

 

  • Parents had enjoyed the carol service and there was positive feedback from the English National ballet dance workshops for Ash and Maple
  • Parents requested that the Christmas activities letter be sent earlier in December
  • Parents who had attended the English workshops for parents requested that a guide to Rainbow Grammar be sent home/put on the website
  • The calendar from the school website was working well for parents
  • A concern was raised over children getting black marks on their jumpers in KS2 from the soft surface. School would get the area hosed down
  • A discussion took place over the internet safety briefings for parents, and how to attract more parents.
  • Some parents felt there had been too many dress-up days in the autumn term.

 

Date of next meeting Monday 14th March 2016 @ 9 am

 

Parents’ Forum –17th November 2015   

 

Present:          

                        Mrs Weeks (Beech/Ash)

Mrs Bray (Ash)

Mrs Blundy (Maple/Willow)

Mrs Melfi (Willow)

Mrs Marshall (Elm and Oak)

Mrs Mackie (Pine and Oak)

Mrs Richardson                      

                        Mr Barnard

 

Apologies        none received

 

 

  • Parents had sent comments that they had liked the London visit, Alice in Wonderland day (and the staff dressing up too!), the range of after school clubs, the vocal workshop, mixing with other schools (eg at tournaments), the smooth transition for Y3 to Y4.
  • There had been some queries over school lunches. Mrs Melfi fully explained how the system worked, and discussion followed. School had a new rota for children coming into lunch, which should help. A survey would also be sent to parents.
  • Parents had found the parent workshops useful, and requested more information about the next ones, to help “sell” them to parents. (The next workshops are English and internet safety in January).
  • There were mixed comments on the dress-up days – some parents really liked them, and some didn’t.
  • There had been a request for dried fruit at breakfast club.
  • There were some concerns over the fact that doors are shut promptly after the bell goes in the morning.  Staff explained that the reason the doors were closed was for the children’s safety – the main gates are open at that point, and any child could run out of school straight onto the road. If children are late, for their safety, they should use the front entrance (which is also the shortest route into school).
  • A concern was raised about parents’ parking. The same few parents park dangerously, and one of the Parents’ Forum reps had witnessed a very near miss – a car reversed and was so close to a child that the car caught the child’s clothing. Stopping on a zig-zag line outside a school is covered in parking law by Contravention Code 48 and attracts a  £70 fixed penalty notice.
  • Residential visits had been raised – all children will have the opportunity to go on a residential, probably in Y6.
  • A parent felt that there were too many newsletters, and that information was duplicated. Another parent felt that the balance was right.
  • There was a request for an Elm after school activity – the children are young and still get very tired
  • After school care: the provider is still waiting for approval from Ofsted. This can take up to 26 weeks: currently the provider has been waiting 19 weeks.

 

Date of next meeting Tuesday 26th January 2016 @ 9 am

Parents’ Forum –25th September 2015   

 

Present:          

             Mrs Weeks (Beech/Ash)

Mrs Bray (Ash)

Mrs Blundy (Maple/Willow)

Mrs Melfi (Willow)

Mrs Marshall (Elm and Oak)

Mrs Mackie (Pine and Oak)

Mrs Richardson                      

             Mr Barnard

 

  • Parents reported that their children were enjoying guitar lessons
  • There was a discussion over the learning logs (homework). A parent had requested that it be sent out earlier in the week. After extensive discussion, the Forum agreed that whenever homework was sent out, there would always be some parents who would prefer a different time scale, and that the homework pattern at the moment worked well for the vast majority of parents.
  • Parents liked the range of clubs offered this term
  • Those parents who were attending the Parent Workshops this term said how useful they were, and requested a further series on English.
  • Music lessons – a parent had asked for a progress reports, and information about the books needed.

(Note – on checking with Ms Reid, who co-ordinates the music, parents are all sent a progress report each year, and the music teacher buys any necessary books and parents are invoiced. Information about the times and frequencies of the progress reports are on the music lesson request letter)

  • A parent asked about touch typing. We do not teach it in school, but there are lots of apps if parents would like to get their children to learn at home.
  • Internet safety. Mrs Richardson expressed concerns that so few parents had attended the last parents’ briefing, and asked if it was the timing of the meeting which had prevented parents attending. The Forum felt that it was more that parents chose not to attend. The school would arrange another parents’ meeting in the spring term, around 6 pm and offer a crèche.

 

Date of next meeting Tuesday 17th November 2015 @ 9 am

 Parents Forum - class reps

 

 Mrs Weeks Oak/Beech

 Mr Lewis Ash

 Mrs Melfi Willow

 Mrs Jordan Pine

 Mrs Mackie Elm

 Mrs Blundy Willow/Ash

 Mrs Bray Beech

Parents' Forum

 

30th January 2015

Parents had commentated positively on the egg project, Young Voices concert and Christmas carol service.

The Forum asked that links be made on the website to local newspapers when the school was featured. These are on the latest news page. Elm class parents were very pleased with the arrangements for the maternity cover.

 

Friday 27th March 2015

Parents liked the range of after-school clubs, and a contact was offered for a karate club (this will start in June 2015).

There was a discussion over how we could encourage parents to attend the e-safety briefing.

 

Friday 5th June 2015

  • Although parents at the last meeting had requested more dress-up days, they were not keen on the science dress-up day, and would prefer days linked to eg Comic Relief (or more non-uniform days) or World Book Day
  • School would make sure photos of the science day went on the website, and the link to the Newark Advertise article
  • Parents liked seeing the Golden Pen on the website
  • Lots of good feedback from sports day.
  • School will send out Parents Forum reps emails in September
  • For the next meeting, school would send out slips for parents to send in comments, to see if that generated parents’ views
  • Bake sales texts – would be useful the previous Friday to give parents time to shop and bake
  • To help with communication, school would put a timetable of events on the school notice board
  • A reminder would go in the next newsletter about parents being welcomed in to school to have a school lunch
  • Elm class parents will be invited during the autumn term

 

Date of next meeting

Friday 25th September 2015 @  9 am